The city of Azusa, California, CA

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About The City of Azusa, California, CA

About Azusa, California

Azusa was originally inhabited by a Native American tribe called the Tongva. Their settlements were mostly along the coastline of Los Angeles County, northwest Orange County, and surrounding islands. A term referring to an indigenous settlement, Asuska-nga, is thought to be the origin of the word Azusa.

When the Spanish came to this area in 1771, they established the San Gabriel Mission. Indigenous inhabitants were converted and provided the Spanish labor. The land was hearty, and many orchards provided for the Spanish crown until 1833 when California fell into Mexico’s control and gave the San Gabriel Mission land to individuals. 

In 1850, California became a state in the Union. Azusa is derived from pieces of several of the aforementioned individual Mexican land grants.

A prominent grantee, Henry Dalton, used his land to plant a vineyard & establish a winery/distillery. After the Mexican-American War, Dalton was involved in several decades of lawsuits to maintain his acreage rather than have it declared Public Land by the U.S., which it eventually was regardless.

Railroad extensions soon followed from Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley lines, which brought an increase in residents, and the town's official incorporation in 1898.

In the century-plus since Azusa has evolved into one of the region's most solidly middle-class suburbs.


Azusa, CA FAQ

What is Azusa, CA, known for?

Moreover, eateries and shopping centers like The Outlet By E.L.S., Azusa Square Shopping Center, and Edgewood Shopping Center are well known in Azusa. Azusa hosts numerous occasions throughout the year, such as the Fiesta and Craft Beer Festival and the free Summer Concert Series.

Is Azusa a good city to live in?

If you’re determined to live in an a little costly LA suburb, this is a pretty good spot to rent for a few years or extended turn. A tiny college area can be found in the eastern region near Citrus and Azusa College. Although there isn’t much going on at night, you usually drive to nearby cities to find entertainment.

Is Azusa considered LA?

The city is situated in Los Angeles County, 27 miles northeast of the City of Los Angeles, and is tucked up against the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

What city is near Azusa, CA?

Azusa is near Los Angeles. That is the biggest city near Azusa, California.

How far is Azusa from the beach?

Azusa is 44 miles from the beach.

How far is Azusa from Orange?

Azusa and Orange are separated by 24.09 miles, or 53.11 kilometers, if you drive along CA 57 S. If you drive nonstop, it takes 33 minutes to get from Azusa to Orange.

Azusa, California Demographics

Age and Household Statistics in Azusa

Male Population: 24,121

Female Population: 25,336

Azusa Population: 49,457

Median Age: 30.8

Under 5 years old: approx. 6.1%

Under 18 years old: approx. 21.6%

Residents 65 or older: approx. 10.7%

Total Households: 13,384

Average People Per Household: 3

Marital Status Statistics

Never Married: 19,654

Married: 16,366

Separated: 785

Widowed: 1,347

Divorced: 2,947

Racial Statistics (percentages) in Azusa

White: 46.0%

Black or African American: 3.2%

American Indian/Native American: 1.1%

Asian: 15.0%

Two or More Races: 14.8%

Hispanic or Latino: 63.2%

Income Statistics in Azusa

Average Household Income: $93,039

Median Household Income: $74,043

People below Poverty Level: 6,291

Blue Collar Positions: 6,085

White Collar Positions: 18,424

Education Level in Azusa

No High School: 3,522

Some High School: 11,889

Some College: 8,172

Associate Degree: 3,268

Bachelor’s Degree: 5,866

Graduate Degree: 2,876

  • The City of Azusa is located on Historic Route 66
  • The Chamber of Commerce has used the slogan “Azusa stands for everything from A to Z in the U.S.A.”
  • In 1887, Azusa saw an influx of people looking for a new home thanks to the completion of the San Gabriel and Los Angeles railroad.
  • The Shoshonean Indians inhabited the land and called their community  Asuksa-nga, which Azusa is believed to be named after.
  • There have been a number of films and TV shows filmed in Azusa.
    • Back To The Future (1985)
    • Deadwood (2004 – 2006)
    • Mission Impossible II (2000)
    • Hostage (2005)
    • Starsky & Hutch (2005)

Azusa Climate 

Mild, year-round Mediterranean climate:

76 F | 24 C average daytime

54 F | 12 C average nighttime

The summers are typically short; they feel warm and are particularly arid. The winters are long

and feel wet and cool. 

The warmest season is from the end of June until mid-September, with an average of 85F on the

hottest days. 

The coolest season is from mid-November all the way until mid-March. The average

the temperature in the cool time is a little below 70F. 

It doesn’t rain very much in Azusa, but the 6-month stretch between October and April shows

about 31 days. And the opposite, from April to October, started a “rainless” period, where there.


is little expectation of rainfall. Cloud cover, even without rain, is not uncommon during the cooler


Azusa, California, CA Points of Interest


Located at 854 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702 it is declared a historical landmark by the California Historical Resources Commission.



Located at 740 N Alameda Ave, Azusa, CA 91702, the museum is open on Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm. 



Located at 1360 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702, the park offers picnic areas with barbecue, restrooms, a playground, and a walking trail.



Located at 659 E Arrow Hwy, Azusa, CA 91702, this Italian restaurant has pies, sandwiches, and pasta dishes, as well as a large selection of wine and beer.